Filming started this week on “Bad Education,” a film starring Hugh Jackman about disgraced former Roslyn Schools Superintendent Frank Tassone, according to the movie's publicist.
Mike Makowsky (“Open 24 Hours,” "I Think We’re Alone Now”), who grew up in Roslyn during the scandal, wrote the movie, which has already drawn criticism from the Roslyn school district.
Tassone was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison in 2006 for his role in an $11 million embezzlement scheme involving the district, which was ranked as one of the nation’s top schools at the time. He was released from prison in 2010, eight months and four days earlier than his minimum sentence.
The publicist for the film said filming started on Monday. She said she did not know the exact location but that the filming was expected to last the “standard” four to six weeks.
However, a Roslyn High School 10th-grader, Justin Weisser, 15, said he photographed filming Thursday in front of a private house on Elm Drive.
“I heard reports of him [Jackman] being around here,” Justin said. He said he saw a scene being filmed of “a guy coming out of the house and being placed into a police car.”
A district spokesman could not be reached for comment and a spokeswoman for the Nassau Police Department said the police had no knowledge of any movie being shot in Roslyn this week.
Meanwhile, in a previous prepared statement about the film, the district said, “The school district is not associated with the movie or its production, is not participating in this movie in any way, and no filming will be permitted on school grounds.”
The statement added, “While the film is purportedly meant to entertain, it’s important to remember that what occurred in our school district was far from entertaining. A former superintendent and several accomplices conspired to steal approximately $11.2 million meant for our children’s education. The scandal shook our community deeply.”